Gowin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Gowin surname derives from the Irish Gaelic name Mac an Ghabhain, which means "son of the blacksmith." As such, the name was probably originally occupational. It has often appeared in its Anglicized form Smith.

Early Origins of the Gowin family

The surname Gowin was first found in County Cavan, where they were recorded as a family of great antiquity. The Irish name MacGowan (not to be confused with the Scottish, which roots from MacGoun) is most often hidden under the ubiquitous name Smith. In Irish, the name is Mac an Ghabhain, which means 'son of the blacksmith'; thus its translation to Smith. In England, Horsington Manor in Somerset was owned by the Gowens family from sometime in the 1500s through 1653 when it was sold.

Important Dates for the Gowin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gowin research. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 165 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Gowin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gowin Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Smith, MacGowan, McGowan, MacGowin, McGowin, MacGowen, McGowen, Gow, Gowan, Gowen, Gowin, MacGavin and many more.

Early Notables of the Gowin family (pre 1700)

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Gowin migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gowin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Danl Gowin, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gowin (post 1700)

  • Lester M. Gowin, American Republican politician, Mayor of Middletown, Connecticut, 1975 [2]
  • Gowin Knight (1713-1772), English "man of science," the first principle librarian of the British Museum from Corringham, Lincolnshire


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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